Climate change and poverty reduction

Climate change and poverty reduction
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Climate change poses great challenges to society, particularly in developing countries. The impacts of climate change will reverse decades worth of human development gains and threaten achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). While many developing countries remain the most vulnerable to these future threats, they have limited capacity to address the climate crisis.

We help developing countries to put in place what people need for a decent life because reducing poverty and fighting climate change go hand-in-hand. Unless people have basic access to water, sanitation, food and energy, to institutions that work, and a say in the decisions that affect their lives, then they will not be able to cope with a changing climate.

Related Publications and Resources

Programmes and initiatives

Integrating climate change into development: Successful climate change management calls for a new development paradigm.


Capacity Development: A UNDP project assisting countries strengthen their capacity to participate in the UNFCCC process.


National Communications Support Programme: Funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and jointly managed by UNDP and UNEP, the programme provides technical and policy support to countries preparing National Communications.


National Capacity Self Assessments: A GEF-UNDP-UNEP support programme to enable countries to make a self-assessment of their capacity needs and prepare a national capacity action plan.


UN System Activities: Online inventory of UN System Activities on Climate Change.